coated with lichen in dense sea fog atop a coastal hill. Made of
Precambrian rocks from the Canadian Shield. From its perch in the
peneplained tundra, it may have been overlooking Hudson Bay when
European whalers first chanced by.
Best viewed large.
More inuksuit? please see my "Heart of the Arctic" gallery.
Notice the complete absence of trees? Ground that remains frozen all
year round is called tundra. The cause is permafrost, which is the
"mark of the white dragon" left behind by continental
glaciation, now retreated to the nether regions of High Arctic Canada.
The treeline is 200 km south while the polar ice caps are another 1000
km north. 20% of the northern hemisphere falls within the realm of
permafrost. When you are standing upon continental or alpine tundra,
you are standing -in- the Ice Age.